Are you a wine connoisseur? Can you tell your merlot from your pinot noir? If that’s the case, then pour yourself a glass and get to know four amazing wine regions that you simply have to add to your bucket list. Forget beach holidays and city breaks, the best way to relax and recharge is with a wine tour of some of the best wineries in the world.
4. Soak up the sun and enjoy a Tuscan wine experience
Number four on our list is Tuscany. Tasting wine in the Tuscan countryside; life doesn’t get much better, does it? You’ll find an amazing range of wine experiences in this breathtaking slice of heaven at the heart of Italy. Visit the world famous Chianti region, famous for its sunny charm and wash down your delicious Tuscan wine with local Italian delicacies like bruschetta, cured meats, and, of course, cheese. Perfect for a long weekend or as part of a longer Italian vacation, a Tuscan wine experience should be high on every wine lover’s wish list.
With bustling Florence nearby, the Tuscan countryside offers a perfect blend of culture and city with countryside and gastronomy. If you are looking for a wine experience that is jam packed with history, cuisine, culture, and excellent wine, then this wine tour departing from Florence could be just what you’re looking for. Not only will you get an insight into its rich winemaking history and a three-course Italian meal, but you’ll also get to wander around a Chianti cellar and wine estate and embrace the laid back Italian lifestyle.
3. Explore the breathtaking Portuguese Douro Valley
In third place, we have one of the world’s oldest wine regions, Douro Valley in Portugal. Located in the north of Portugal, the Douro Valley is often described as one of the most beautiful wine regions around and has been declared a World Heritage Site. With impossibly steep vineyards, beautiful villages, cobbled streets, and the meandering Douro river, there’s more to do here than just sample the local wine. Situated close to the pretty city of Porto, be sure to also sample the local port which is said to be some of the finest in the world.
This wine tour of the Douro Valley departs from Porto and will take your tastebuds on a journey of Portuguese delicacies. You’ll sample local olive oil and honey as well as wines, making your way through the heart of the Douro Valley and stopping off at wineries in Pinhão and Régua. You can even take a boat tour along the Douro river and soak up the stunning countryside as you sip on the best local wines.
You will have the opportunity to taste some of its products like: olive oil, honey and wine in selected estates, especially to show you the best of this region in terms of tradition, uniqueness and quality.
2. Treat your tastebuds in San Francisco’s Muir Woods
In second place, is the stunning Muir Woods wine country. Just north of San Francisco, you’ll find a wine lover’s paradise in the Muir Woods, Mill Valley. Perched on top of the hills and nestled between Redwoods, Muir Woods is a perfect haven to retreat and get a taste of some of the best wine regions of the world: Napa and Sonoma. This wine experience is the perfect way to spend a long weekend. With San Francisco as your base, you’re just a quick trip to Yosemite National Park and the idyllic California coast, with stop offs in Monterey and Cannery Row for the literature lovers. The tour will start off by crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, exploring the Muir Wood Monument, and a quick stop in coastal town of Sausalito. You’ll sample the best wines from the Napa and Sonoma wine regions and can even add on a gourmet lunch to check out some California cuisine.
1. Drink in Australia’s oldest wine region: Hunter Valley
Our top spot goes to the idyllic Australian wine region, the Hunter Valley. This jewel located in the south-east of Australia is often pegged as the birthplace of Australian wine. Not only is the Hunter Valley home to over 120 wineries, world class restaurants, and spa resorts, but you can even watch vineyard concerts amongst the grapes. The Hunter Valley wine region is the perfect spot to disconnect and embrace the beautiful wines, landscape, and weather the region offers. Sample local cheeses and wines, attend vineyard festivals, take a hot air balloon ride of the valley, or simply sit back and enjoy the plethora of famous Australian wines that hail from the region.
If you’re looking for your next getaway, Winery Tours Hunter Valley is our top pick. With lots of customised wine experiences available, you can check out local wineries, sample mouthwatering cheeses and chocolates, and even try some organic gin vodkas and flavoured schnapps. Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, you can explore the amazing east-coast beaches, go hiking in the breathtaking Blue Mountains, and take a snap of the iconic Sydney opera house to round off your trip.
So there you have it, four of the best wine regions on the planet that you need to visit at least once in your life. Wine experiences are noy just about tasting delicious wine, they’re a great way to get to know local history, sample traditional cuisine, and recharge your batteries in nature. Book your wine tour experience and let’s raise a glass to good food, good wine, and good company.